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The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

Book Description

In his widely praised book, award-winning psychologist Jonathan Haidt examines the world’s philosophical wisdom through the lens of psychological science, showing how a deeper understanding of enduring maxims-like Do unto others as you would have others do unto you, or What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger-can enrich and even transform our lives.

Table of Contents

  1. Praise
  2. ALSO BY JONATHAN HAIDT
  3. Title Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Introduction
  6. 1 - The Divided Self
    1. FIRST DIVISION: MIND VS. BODY
    2. SECOND DIVISION: LEFT VS. RIGHT
    3. THIRD DIVISION: NEW VS. OLD
    4. FOURTH DIVISION: CONTROLLED VS. AUTOMATIC
    5. FAILURES OF SELF CONTROL
    6. MENTAL INTRUSIONS
    7. THE DIFFICULTY OF WINNING AN ARGUMENT
  7. 2 - Changing Your Mind
    1. THE LIKE-O-METER
    2. NEGATIVITY BIAS
    3. THE CORTICAL LOTTERY
    4. HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND
  8. 3 - Reciprocity with a Vengeance
    1. ULTRASOCIALITY
    2. YOU SCRATCH MY BACK, I’LL SCRATCH YOURS
    3. YOU STAB HIS BACK, I’LL STAB YOURS
    4. USE THE FORCE, LUKE
  9. 4 - The Faults of Others
    1. KEEPING UP APPEARANCES
    2. FIND YOUR INNER LAWYER
    3. THE ROSE-COLORED MIRROR
    4. I’M RIGHT; YOU’RE BIASED
    5. SATAN SATISFIES
    6. THE MYTH OF PURE EVIL
    7. FINDING THE GREAT WAY
  10. 5 - The Pursuit of Happiness
    1. THE PROGRESS PRINCIPLE
    2. THE ADAPTATION PRINCIPLE
    3. AN EARLY HAPPINESS HYPOTHESIS
    4. THE HAPPINESS FORMULA
    5. FINDING FLOW
    6. MISGUIDED PURSUITS
    7. THE HAPPINESS HYPOTHESIS RECONSIDERED
  11. 6 - Love and Attachments
    1. TO HAVE AND TO HOLD
    2. LOVE CONQUERS FEAR
    3. THE PROOF IS IN THE PARTING
    4. IT’S NOT JUST FOR CHILDREN
    5. LOVE AND THE SWELLED HEAD
    6. TWO LOVES, TWO ERRORS
    7. WHY DO PHILOSOPHERS HATE LOVE?
    8. FREEDOM CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH
  12. 7 - The Uses of Adversity
    1. POSTTRAUMATIC GROWTH
    2. MUST WE SUFFER?
    3. BLESSED ARE THE SENSE MAKERS
    4. FOR EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON
    5. ERROR AND WISDOM
  13. 8 - The Felicity of Virtue
    1. THE VIRTUES OF THE ANCIENTS
    2. HOW THE WEST WAS LOST
    3. THE VIRTUES OF POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
    4. HARD QUESTION, EASY ANSWERS
    5. HARD QUESTION, HARD ANSWERS
    6. THE FUTURE OF VIRTUE
  14. 9 - Divinity With or Without God
    1. ARE WE NOT ANIMALS?
    2. THE ETHIC OF DIVINITY
    3. SACRED INTRUSIONS
    4. ELEVATION AND AGAPE
    5. A WE AND TRANSCENDENCE
    6. THE SATANIC SELF
    7. FLATLAND AND THE CULTURE WAR
  15. 10 - Happiness Comes from Between
    1. WHAT WAS THE QUESTION?
    2. LOVE AND WORK
    3. VITAL ENGAGEMENT
    4. CROSS-LEVEL COHERENCE
    5. GOD GIVES US HIVES
    6. HARMONY AND PURPOSE
    7. THE MEANING OF LIFE
  16. 11 - Conclusion: On Balance
  17. Acknowledgements
  18. Notes
  19. References
  20. Index
  21. Copyright Page